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10:00 PM ET, May 9, 2011


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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
2012 and the Republican rescue fantasy  —  Chief Political Correspondent Follow Him @ByronYork  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - Talk to enough people around this key primary state and you'll learn two lessons, over and over again.  One is that there is absolutely, positively no unity among Republicans …
The Note:
Newt Gingrich Previews 2012 Announcement: ‘My Run For President Of The United States’
Declan Walsh / Guardian:
US's Bin Laden deal with Pakistan  —  US forces were given permission to conduct unilateral raid inside Pakistan if they knew where Bin Laden was hiding, officials say  —  The US and Pakistan struck a secret deal almost a decade ago permitting a US operation against Osama bin Laden …
Jane Perlez / New York Times:
Leak of C.I.A. Officer Name Is Sign of Rift With Pakistan  —  ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — For the second time in five months, the Pakistani authorities have angered the Central Intelligence Agency by tipping the Pakistani news media to the identity of the C.I.A. station chief in Islamabad …
Sam Youngman / The Hill:
White House wants more information from Pakistan on bin Laden
Discussion: The Note and FrumForum
Fox News:
Pakistan PM Warns of ‘Full Force’ Response to Future U.S. Raids
Philiana Ng / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC's Three-Hour ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Down 23% … A supersized edition of Donald Trump's competition series Celebrity Apprentice spanned three hours, going head-to-head against the rest of primetime on Sunday.  —  But, NBC's three-hour telecast — which saw Star Jones and LaToya Jackson fired …
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Trump: ‘I Am The Least Racist Person There Is’ Because A Black Guy Won The Apprentice Six Years Ago  —  Potential presidential candidate Donald Trump has often found himself in hot water for making racially-tinged comments — saying in the span of a single press conference, for example …
Benjy Sarlin / TPMDC:
Former Apprentice Contestant: Trump 'Doesn't Like Educated African-Americans Very Much'  —  A former contestant on The Apprentice, whose harsh treatment by Donald Trump drew accusations of racism in 2004, suggested to TPM on Monday that the billionaire Republican businessman's attacks …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
Why I Will Not Support Jon Huntsman.  Ever.  [UPDATED]  —  “I cannot tolerate a man serving as our ambassador to our chief strategic adversary in the world plotting, while in that capacity, to run against the President of the United States.”  —  Ambassador Jon Huntsman is gearing up now to run for President of the United States.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
John Boehner: Cut ‘trillions’ as debt limit nears  —  NEW YORK — Speaker John Boehner will call on Congress to offset a debt ceiling hike with spending cuts of a greater amount, an ambitious proposal that puts House Republicans on a collision course with Democrats who want much more modest spending restrictions attached to the vote.
Discussion: Hot Air and
Manu Raju / The Politico:   Jon Kyl predicts $6 trillion in cuts
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
In praising Tea Party, Bachmann swipes at Boehner's leadership
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Support for Third U.S. Party Dips, but Is Still Majority View  —  Fifty-two percent believe a third political party is needed  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Fifty-two percent of Americans believe the Republican and Democratic parties do such a poor job of representing the people that a third party is needed.
Discussion: Hot Air
Daily Mail:
Gunter Sachs, the playboy who married Brigitte Bardot, kills himself at 78  —  Millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs, the German-born former husband of Brigitte Bardot, has killed himself at the age of 78.  —  He is reported to have shot himself at his home in the Swiss resort of Gstaad.
Wall Street Journal:
Home Market Takes a Tumble  —  Turnaround More Distant After 3% Drop, Steepest Quarterly Decline Since 2008  —  The U.S. housing market's 1Q 2011 decline was the steepest in three years.  Additionally, a survey indicates nearly 30% of borrowers owe more than their homes are worth.
Pete Winn / CNSNews:
Navy Authorizes Chaplains to Perform Same-Sex ‘Marriages’ in Naval Chapels  —  ( - Anticipating the elimination of the military ban on homosexuality, the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains has decided that same-sex couples in the Navy will be able to get married in Navy chapels …
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Voters see president's ratings bounce vanishing soon  —  Most voters believe the popularity boost President Obama has received following the killing of Osama bin Laden will disappear quickly, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill.  —  Almost three in five likely voters think the …
Alexandria Sage / Reuters:
Attorney General vows to close Guantanamo
Discussion: Pajamas Media and Weasel Zippers
Jennifer Epstein / The Politico:   Eric Holder: U.S. will still close Guantanamo Bay
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Whose Foreign Policy Is It?  —  For those with eyes to see, the daylight between the foreign policies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama has been shrinking ever since the current president took the oath of office.  But last week made it official: When the story of America's post-9/11 wars is written …
The Atlantic Online:
What If Bush Had Been President These Past Eight Days?
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Nicolas Loris / The Foundry:
South Carolina Taking Light Bulb Ban into Its Own Hands  —  Fed up with the federal government's ban of the traditional incandescent light bulb, state representatives in South Carolina are pushing for the state to produce and use incandescents solely for its state.
Discussion: Moe Lane
Vos Iz Neias:
Brooklyn, NY - After Outrage Hasidic Newspaper Issues Statement On Altered White House Photo  —  Brooklyn, NY - Much has been written about a controversial altered photograph of the White House situation room published by Der Tzeitung, a Chareidi newspaper, based out of Brooklyn.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Unwisdom of Elites  —  The past three years have been a disaster for most Western economies.  The United States has mass long-term unemployment for the first time since the 1930s.  Meanwhile, Europe's single currency is coming apart at the seams.  How did it all go so wrong?
Christopher Hitchens / Vanity Fair:
Unspoken Truths  —  Until cancer attacked his vocal cords, the author didn't fully appreciate what was meant by “a writer's voice,” or the essential link between speech and prose.  As a man who loved to talk, he turns to the masters of such conversation, both in history and in his own circle.
David Leonhardt / Economix:
Why Success Starts With Failure  —  Tim Harford is a columnist for The Financial Times and the author of “The Undercover Economist.”  He's part of the growing cadre of journalists who try to write about economics in plain English.  His new book, “Adapt: Why Success Always Starts With Failure,” will be published this week.
Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Feinstein rethinks Pakistan aid  —  Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said Monday that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan “makes less and less sense” and questioned continuing to send billions of dollars in aid to the country now that it's …
The Huffington Post:
Bristol Palin Reality Show: Palin, Massey Brothers In New BIO Channel Show … Bristol Palin , Bristol Palin Bio Channel , Bristol Palin Kyle Massey , Bristol Palin Reality Show , Entertainment News  —  Bristol Palin is making it a reality show hat trick.  —  The daughter of former Alaska …
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Anne Bayefsky / Fox News:
Did the U.S. Violate Bin Laden's Rights?
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Getting rid of the pc shackles
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Meredith Shiner / The Politico:
Heller takes Senate oath
Discussion: UrbanGrounds and CNN
Associated Press:
Midair security scares on 3 U.S. flights
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Daily Mail:
Discussion: Moonbattery and National Review
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